Typhoon disrupts travel as it whips over Honshu

A powerful typhoon crossed western Honshu and headed into the Sea of Japan on Monday, disrupting air, land and sea travel there as well as in Kyushu and Shikoku.

Three people died and three were missing as a result of the season’s sixth typhoon, while more than 100 people suffered injuries nationwide.

Extremely strong winds prevailed around the center and southeastern side of Dianmu, bringing the danger of high waves, heavy rain and high tides, the Meteorological Agency said. The agency added that the typhoon was expected to move over the ocean west of Hokkaido.

Typhoon Dianmu made landfall near Muroto, Kochi Prefecture, around 9:30 a.m. before moving north-northeast, passing through Shikoku. The typhoon moved to Hyogo Prefecture around noon before passing through Honshu into the Sea of Japan around 3 p.m.

A maximum wind velocity of 205.56 kph was recorded at Cape Muroto at 7:40 a.m.

Roughly 700 people in 10 prefectures, including Kagoshima, Kochi and Tokushima, had to evacuate their homes.